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Stingray Traffic Manager Overview Video

Posted by bobegilbert on October 27, 2011

Owen Garrett, Director of Product Management for Riverbed's Stingray line of asymmetric optimization products, provides an overview of the Stingray Traffic Manager.

 

 

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The same, but different

Posted by riverbedtest on September 16, 2011

F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function."   With all of the challenges and the increasing pace of decisions that need to be made in corporate IT these days, I suspect there are a lot of geniuses running enterprise networks!

Many of our customers tell me they have a similar dilemma — "I have a lot of branch offices and sites, each with their own personality, requirements and expectations, yet I achieve a lot of benefit in IT by keeping things the same as much as possible, in terms of reducing complexity and costs."    For example, some sites may need an enterprise class firewall or a print server, while other more remote sites are not directly connected to the Internet or need fewer services.  Virtualization offers benefits here — by increasing the flexibility by which software and services can be deployed, branch offices can be deployed as a uniform framework across many sites, while enabling administrators to clearly define where customization can and cannot be deployed.

Riverbed has been shipping a technology called RSP, the Riverbed Services Platform, for quite some time now — I love to bring this up this solution with customers who are facing this problem of managing multiple heterogeneous sites.   One of Riverbed's strengths is that our technology can optimize almost anything that travels across a customer's WAN, so by standardizing on Riverbed Steelheads for their WAN performance needs, they keep costs and complexity low.

Now, enter RSP:  by adding additional services running virtually on Steelheads deployed at the branches, each site can be changed to suit the individual needs of that site, while still maintaining a consistent virtualized platform across the enterprise.   I like to think of RSP as the Swiss Army knife of the branch.  We have customers running everything from Windows Server 2008R2, to Linux, to one of our numerous technology partners on RSP, all to satisfy the specific requirements of each site.  Some examples are:

  • DNS, DHCP, Print, and other services on Windows Server.  This is a common use case that allows you to run lightweight services at the branch virtually, without additional hardware.  You can even add additional storage to the Windows VM with iSCSI, or enable Branch Cache on the VM to add one-way file caching.
  • Steelhead Mobile Controller Virtual Edition (SMC-VE) Sites that have mobile users that need acceleration can benefit by consolidating and simplifying deployment, management and reporting functions.
  • Cascade Sensor VE.   Often, Steelhead appliances sit near the branch gateway and have a bird's eye view of traffic entering and exiting the branch.  By adding a Cascade Sensor VE, this information can be visualized, analyzed and reported.
  • Firewalls and Security Technologies:  including McAfee Firewall Enterprise Virtual Edition and Check Point Secure Gateway.
  • Branch Office Routing:  by using Vyatta on RSP, you can easily turn your Steelhead into an OSPF or IS-IS router, for example, for sites that need more sophisticated routing needs.

All in all, you can run up to 5 virtual machine instances on each RSP platform, and manage all of them under one interface using the Riverbed Central Management Console (CMC).  This is an easy way by which you can make your branch offices the same, but different enough to fulfill the diverse requirements of the distributed enterprise.

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Riverbed’s Virtual Steelhead at VMWorld

Posted by bobegilbert on August 31, 2010

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VMWorld is currently underway this week in San Francisco with the theme "Virtual Roads.  Actual Clouds.".  The buzz of leveraging virtualization to build private clouds is resonating with the jam-packed exhibition and break out session areas.

Riverbed is exhibiting (booth #536) and is demonstrating its recently-announced Virtual Steelhead. Built for the VMware vSphere(tm) Platform, the Virtual Steelhead offers customers greater flexibility to deploy Riverbed WAN optimization technology in a wider range of environments that have specialized needs and require resilience and customization, while still offering simplified management.

In addition, EMC will be demonstrating Riverbed's Virtual Steelhead during a session tomorrow titled "Shrinking RTO/RPO’s of VM Replication using WAN Optimization".

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Riverbed Think Fast Demo: McAfee on RSP

Posted by bobegilbert on August 3, 2010

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How is virtualization like Walmart?

Posted by riverbedtest on November 19, 2009

Riverbed Senior Director of Product Marketing discusses how virtualization is like Walmart and how Riverbed can help from his Interop New York presentation earlier today. 

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The ultimate “BOB” is here!

Posted by bobegilbert on November 20, 2008

I know what you may be thinking.  Having my name in the title of this blog is completely and utterly self serving.  While there may be a hint of truth to that, the Bob I am talking about is not your's truly, but rather the acronym for a product that promises to have a dramatic and positive impact on the IT infrastructure environment at branch offices around the globe.

Riverbed has over 5000 customers and a large number of these customers have relied on Riverbed's solution to enable the successful consolidation of branch office file servers, mail servers, and tape backup systems to central data centers.  Riverbed solves the perofrmance challenges with accessing the consolidated assets that have been moved from the local LAN to a high latency, limited bandwith WAN.  While a set of customers may move directly to a total consolidation effort, many customers will opt to keep a set of services like authentication, dns/dhcp, and print local.  There are also other branch office services like security, streaming media, and monitoring and reporting that take precious server or appliance real estate at the branch office. 

With the upcoming release of RiOS 5.5, the software that powers Riverbed's groundbreaking Steelhead appliance, Riverbed is delivering an all encompassing appliance that combines industry leading WAN optimization and application acceleration with local branch office services like authentication, dns/dhcp, print serving, streaming media, security, and more!  You can read more here 

Riverbed's strategy is to not develop these branch office services, but instead partner with vendors that provide these best of breed capabilities.  The foundation partner for this branch office box product is VMware as Riverbed is leveraging VMware's industry-leading virtualization platform as the base for installing services from Riverbed partners like Microsoft, Opnet, InfoBlox, Wowza, Secure Computing and others.

This is a big win for organizations that want to consolidate their branch office IT infrastructure not only to the data center, but also at the branch office.  Compared to other WAN optimization vendors that have limited WAN optimization capability and try to compensate with limited extracurricular functionality like security, Riverbed's BOB box provides best of breed WAN optimization, application acceleration combined with best of breed branch office services from leading vendors like Secure Computing, Microsoft, Infloblox, and others.

I am looking forward to seeing Bob show up at branch offices around the globe.

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